Ronya Traynham Talks Ancestral Memory, Fashion, and Pattern

Ronya Traynham joined AS220 Youth in September of 2013. In a short time, Ronya has made a big impact on the happenings in the studio. She’s helping plan the Will To Adorn Fashion show and has been working on a series of paintings, as well as taking a number of classes in various disciplines.

Ronya is fairly new to painting, and has thrown herself into her work in a way that I respect and admire. I was curious about Ronya’s inspiration and reason behind the series of paintings she started, so I asked her a few questions and here’s how it went:


Q:What inspired you to make this series?

A: My inspirations for my painting come from a place I honestly can’t explain. One day I just walked into the painting room and went to work with symbols that came to mind. I’m not sure where these were derived from. Maybe my ancestors put them there or maybe they are images I have suppressed. All the same, this series for some reason is very special to me.


Q: How would you describe your art?

A: My art I like to think is timeless. Every painting I have done is my own original take on either images I have seen or things that just came to my mind. What is interesting is that I never like any of my paintings in the beginning. It takes me days to fall in love with them.


Q: Do you see a connection between your work on the fashion show (for example, patterns, make-up, music, beats, creating a mood, history and culture) and your art?

A: Yes. I absolutely see a connection. My recent paintings have taken an afro-centric vibe. A lot of them involve dots and vibrant colors and I like to think working with the fashion show gives me inspiration. Now I want to start painting on jackets and feel the different textures or maybe paint adrinka symbols and make them Ronya symbols.


Q: What do you hope people will feel/think about when they see your art?

A: I hope people understand that my paintings are all pieces of me and that when I started painting I never thought I was an artist. In fact I didn’t think anyone would like my paintings, they were just something for me. And if someone does happen to like them or love them then that’s actually humbling to me and I want them to know its greatly appreciated. 

Ronya Traynham Talks Ancestral Memory, Fashion, and Pattern

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